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Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry

3/24/2017 - 12/31/2017, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm

Visitors will see rare artifacts and photographs. They’ll learn about legendary players like Mordecai Brown and Rogers Hornsby and newer stars like Jake Arrieta and Yadier Molina. They’ll also be able to interact with the exhibit by sharing their own Cards-Cubs memories, answering trivia questions and playing a home run derby as their favorite team. “The Rivalry” was developed in conjunction with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals, an unprecedented partnership from all three organizations for an exhibit of this type. 

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Concert at the Carillon

5/3/2017 - 9/27/2017, Every Wednesday: 6:30 pm
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

Illinois Products Farmers Market

5/11/2017 - 10/12/2017, Every Thursday: 4 pm - 7 pm
The Commodities Pavilion will come alive with local Illinois vendors, entertainment, and health-related activities. Products range from produce, meat, eggs, plants, specialty products, wine and beer - all produced right here in Illinois. 

Old Capitol Farmers Market

5/17/2017 - 10/28/2017, W & Sa: 8 am - 12:30 pm
The Old Capitol Farmers Market can be found in the heart of Downtown Springfield. At the market, you’ll find local farm and artisan vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal baked goods and cheeses, flowers and more. The market is just steps from the Old State Capitol historic site and you’ll find other sites like the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln Home and Dana-Thomas House a Frank Lloyd Wright Design nearby!

Flag Lowering Ceremony

6/6/2017 - 8/29/2017, Every Tuesday: 7 pm
The 114th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry - Reactivated performs civil war drills, fires their muskets and holds a flag lowering ceremony in front of the Lincoln Tomb.  Each week, one lucky visitor will be presented with the American Flag as a symbol of our gratitude.  

Illinois State Fair

8/10/2017 - 8/20/2017, Daily 7 am - Midnight
Enjoy 10 days of thrills and excitement at this family-friendly fair featuring world renowned concert artists, food, carnival rides, livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, contests, educational displays, free entertainment, harness racing, auto racing and much more.

USAC Silver Crown Bettenhausen 100

8/19/2017, 12:30 pm
Illinois State Fair Grandstand Race

All-American Picnic & Movie

8/19/2017, 6 pm - 10 pm

Join us for a fun evening picnic filled with baseball activities (6-8 p.m.), and one of the greatest baseball films (8 pm of all time — Field of Dreams! Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the show! There will be baseball-themed crafts and activities for kids, baseball performances by our theater department and demonstrations by baseball re-enactors. Ballpark food and drinks will also be available for purchase.

Be sure to visit our website and Facebook page for inclement weather updates. This event will take place at Union Square Park (across from the Presidential Museum). 

Five Finger Death Punch with All That Remains & Nonpoint

8/19/2017, 7:30 pm
Illinois State Fair Grandstand Parfomers

Powerlight Christian Music Festival

8/20/2017, Noon - 9 pm
26th annual festival featuring mulit Dove & GMA Award Winner, Tenth Avenue North. Also featuring Tori Harper and Hawk Nelson

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